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August-Sepember 2011   
In This Issue
Green Drinks
Zero Waste
Sustainable First Monday
Resilience Circles

How can it be that the summer, which took a while to arrive, is now creeping up on fall, with shorter days already noticeable and cooler temperatures just around the corner? 

You may have noticed the pause in e-news from Sustainable Bainbridge, as we have been busy with myriad activities, most of which have taken us off in many directions.  We have spent many Saturdays at the Farmers Market, where it is always a treat to meet so many of our supporters.


As always, if you have a sustainability issue that inspires or interests you, please let us know!   Sharing our ideas strengthens relationships, weaves a community together and becomes the heart of sustainability. You can contact us by email or by phone at 206/842-4439.  We look forward to hearing from you!
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Green Drinks 

Friday, 26 August


430 Madison Ave N

Suite 240

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This is at the Pavilion, second floor

Meet and mingle with a crowd of locals at this "happy hour" for people who care about the environment! This month, welcome OfficeXpats to the local sustainable business community and learn about this exciting new concept - a co-working environment and shared office space that creates a community of 'flex' workers, independent consultants, and entrepreneurs.

As always, outstanding locally-made wine will be served (at wholesale prices). Meet Paul Bianchi, winemaker at Amelia Wynn Winery, who will serve his Syrah ($4) and Bordeaux Cuvee ($5), and Semillon from Victor Alexander Winery ($4). Complimentary snacks will be provided by the outstanding establishments at The Pavilion - Subi, Casa Rojas and Spice Route.

Please RSVP on our Facebook Event Page, or direct mail to

Invite a friend -- see you there!


Zero Waste News: No Chickening Out on Zero Waste!
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When Friends of the Farms asked Zero Waste for guidance on having as landfill-free a fundraising dinner as possible earlier this month, little did anyone imagine that the trash output would fit into a single plastic grocery bag. A big reason for their success: all of the restaurants represented used compostable dishes, cutlery and cups that Jeff Shepard, co-owner of Blackbird Bakery, had ordered for the event. Patrons filled two 96-gallon yard waste containers to the brim! An equal-sized recycling receptacle was also jam-packed with wine bottles, paper tablecloths and nongreasy pizza boxes. The oyster shells, too dense to break down at the commercial composting facility, were instead returned to Puget Sound to become barnacle housing.


There are two key ingredients in arranging a (close to) waste-free event. 1) Unless you plan on using washable tableware, such as Green Drinks does, make sure vendors use compostables. 2) Recruit monitors for the disposal station to assist guests in sorting their recyclables, compostables and trash into the proper containers. Friends of the Farms was able to find these volunteers by making the request in an email to supporters.  


Following that advice, there are two upcoming community events for which Zero Waste is seeking volunteers to man the waste stations. It really is a fun way to engage with the public. Please contact Diane Landry at if you are interested in helping at the Taste of Lynwood, September 17, or the Harvest Fair, September 25. Thank you!

better big bellyWOW! 


We're almost there!  Please help us purchase Big Belly containers for Winslow Way.  Support a permanent solution to overflowing garbage and lack of public recycling on Winslow Way!

We have almost reached our goal of $42,000 with just $1000 remaining. A huge thank you goes to our major contributors: Town and Country Market, Eileen Black with John L. Scott Real estate, the B.I. Rotary, The City of Bainbridge, Sustainable Bainbridge, and Waxie Sanitary Supply. (Eileen Black was the very first purchaser of a Big Belly for the Farmers Market in 2007!) We also want to thank the B.I. Chamber of Commerce, Bay Hay and Feed, Café Nola, the Bainbridge Community Foundation and the many, many community members who have made this possible. Thank you all -- without you it would have not been possible.


You can donate online or by sending a check to Sustainable Bainbridge, 221 Winslow Way West, Box 205, Bainbridge Island WA 98110.  Please donate today--any amount helps!  For more information, visit our website or contact Els Heyne, 206/795-2707.  

Sustainable First Monday returns in October!

Mark your calendar for October 3, when Sustainable Bainbridge presents the next Sustainable First Monday.  The topic will be on Neighborhood Preparedness. 

More details in our next e-newsletter.

Resilience Circles

Two local Resilience Circles have just completed the seven-session series of meetings to explore - and act on - ways to become more resilient. Circles are self-organizing; participants learn together about the root causes of current crises, discover the roots of

real personal and community security, and develop ways to connect and share with each other, whether it be garden produce, work parties, professional services, or a walking partner.


One of the outcomes of the Circles is interest in creating a local "time bank," similar to the Hour Exchange in Portland, ME, featured on the PBS documentary, "Fixing the Future." If this idea excites you, sign up to help make it happen! Please contact  Kat Gjovik.    

If you are interested in working with great people and helping us coordinate some volunteer activity, we'd love to hear from you.  Contact us at for more information.

For thoughtful musings about happenings on Bainbridge Island, visit the Sustainable Bainbridge blog.


Sustainable Bainbridge Board